February 10, 2013 |
The Grammys, live . . . 8:55 p.m.: The Grammys saved the most fascinating performer for one of its final performances, and the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch finally received a Grammy tribute, albeit a brief one. First, to introduce Frank Ocean, Juanes declared him one of today's “more compelling singer-songwriters.” He gave a performance that lived up to that bill, although it may not widely expand his fan base. Ocean's “Forrest Gump” began with a striking guitar solo, which gave way as Ocean appeared onstage.
February 5, 2013 |
BEIJING - Xi Jinping has a secret admirer and Chinese are yearning to find out who he (or she) is. Since Xi was named Communist Party general secretary in November, a mysterious blogger has been chronicling his every move. There are photographs of Xi on his computer, Xi at a vegetable market, Xi serving meals to the poor, Xi napping on a bus. Not the most scintillating coverage, but it is remarkable in China, where the movements of the leadership are choreographed down to the last handshake and released only to the tightly controlled state media.
February 5, 2013 |
Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has become active again at the Huffington Post , restarting his blog after a three-year layoff. Abdul-Jabbar's 2013 debut was a critique of the HBO series "Girls. " The show's creator, Lena Dunham, told E! Online that she only skimmed Abdul-Jabbar's post, hesitant to read a "mixed review. " "I blurted out to my dad, 'Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reviewed "Girls," ' " said Dunham, noting that her father's response was, 'I don't even know how to process that.
January 30, 2013 |
Traffic has been spiking for our 2010 photo gallery on Frank Gehry's Schnabel House, the Brentwood landmark whose owner set out to "take this gorgeous piece of art that happens to be a home" and give the 1980s design some 21st century technology -- all with Gehry's blessing. PHOTOS: Frank Gehry's Schnabel House Blame the flu that has hampered L.A. at Home all month, because we missed the news the first time around: As reported by our colleague Lauren Beale on Jan. 7, the Schnabel House has sold for $9.5 million -- thus explaining the sudden interest in our gallery and the appearance of Times photographer Lawrence K. Ho's pictures on other blogs (uncredited, ahem)
January 27, 2013 |
5:20 p.m.: Anne Hathaway, another eagerly awaited clotheshorse on the SAG Awards red carpet, chose black -- the color of the night -- with sheer accents, another big trend. Her Giambattista Valli gown has a fairy-tale look, with a sleeveless bodice of embroidered sheer tulle, and a full sheer skirt revealing a shorter skirt underneath. PHOTOS: 2013 SAG Awards red carpet It's romantic but with a twist. Well done. 5:05 p.m.: January Jones is a last-minute stunner on the SAG Awards red carpet, wearing a black and white Prabal Gurung gown, her blond hair sculpted into a pompadour-mullet like David Bowie from his Aladdin Sane days.
January 12, 2013 |
Gather 'round children and let me tell you a story about the olden days. Once upon a time, there was no such thing as a blog. In fact, there was no such thing as the Internet. Yes, I'm serious, and no, I don't remember what we did with cute pictures of cats. In fact, there weren't very many food writers back then. You practically had to work for a newspaper or magazine, or publish cookbooks if you wanted your voice to be heard. But there was this thing called a “newsletter.” It was like a blog, only it was printed on paper and mailed out to a list of “subscribers” -- which are another nearly lost concept: people who paid to read things they liked.
January 3, 2013 |
According to the New York Times' Off the Dribble Blog, Amar'e Stoudemire took a shot at Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni. Stoudemire, who played for D'Antoni both with the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks, told reporters at Knicks practice, "I've never been taught defense in my whole career. " D'Antoni has been credited by some as a revolutionary offensive coach but he is rarely given credit on the defensive end. Stoudemire hasn't built up much of a reputation as a defender, despite his All-Star credentials.
December 11, 2012 |
The Fail Blog -- the popular website that bills itself as featuring "the well-intentioned failing at something they are supposed to do, or displaying blatant stupidity or incompetence" -- has come out with its lists of the best of 2012. At the very top? Honey Boo Boo. Ben Huh, founder of Cheezburger, the company that publishes Fail Blog , said of the Honey Boo Boo clan, stars of their own TLC reality show: "Their social dysfunction is off the charts. " "Personally, I'd skip the Go-Go Juice," Huh said in a news release, "but after all, who couldn't use an extra thumb for cheeseballs?"
November 19, 2012 |
With lots of time on my hands and very little to do with it, I've been reflecting on the recent detour my life has taken. How did I end up as a murder suspect on the lam? So begins a blog post apparently written by John McAfee, founder of the antivirus company that bears his name -- and a self-described fugitive from the police in Belize. Since going into hiding earlier this month, McAfee apparently has altered his appearance, relocated multiple times and repeatedly contacted a journalist at the technology magazine Wired.